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Kavita Krishnan quits CPI(ML) after calling USSR, China autocratic; some see American hand in ‘change of heart’

Rabid communist activist Kavita Krishnan on 1 September said that the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation had relieved her of all party posts and responsibilities on her request. She will continue to remain a member of the party, Krishnan wrote in a Facebook post.

Krishnan was a politburo member of the (ML) and had been a member of its Central Committee for over two decades.

In her Facebook post, Krishnan said that she had made the request to the party as she needed to pursue “certain troubling political questions” which would not have been possible if she continued to be a (ML) leader.

There is a need to recognise the importance of “defending liberal democracies with all their flaws against rising forms of authoritarian and majoritarian populisms”, she said.

The communist activist said it was not enough to discuss the regimes of the former Soviet Union, its premier Joseph and that of as “failed socialisms”. Instead, Krishnan said, they were some of the “world’s worst authoritarianisms”.

“…For our fight for democracy against fascism and growing totalitarianism in India to be consistent, we must acknowledge the entitlement to the same democratic rights and civil liberties for all people across the world, including subjects of socialist totalitarian regimes past and present,” Krishnan wrote on Facebook.

Academic-activist Madhu Kishwar suspected that Krishnan's financiers had changed, with US-based agencies funding her now, which makes the communist sing a different tune now. ""This new twist in #Maoistkavitakrishnan politics is direct result of her being seduced by the Americans. Their patronage brings more handsome rewards than being part of any Commie party. NGOFication of Krishnan is what took her away from her own party," Kishwar tweeted.

Pro-BJP influencer Rishi Bagree tweeted, "Ironically, (the) same Kavita Krishnan use (sic) to regularly give gyan on free speech to other parties."

Another Twitter user said, "Every commie can be seduced by American patronage, handsome rewards & NGOfication. One famous LeLi female tv journo was conned in the name of Harvard," a veiled reference to NDTV's Nidhi Razdan."

How Kavita Krishnan became communist

Kavita Krishnan joined a theatre group led by Arun Ferreira in St Xavier's College, Mumbai (affiliated college of University of Mumbai). She would participate in street plays and protests.

She joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University where she earned her master's degree and was elected joint secretary of the Students' Union in 1995. She was a member of the All India Students Association while she studied in JNU.

Kavita Krishnan became seriously involved with activism when she met the student leader Chandrashekhar Prasad who was also a student at JNU and a member of AISA. Fondly remembered as Chandu by the students of JNU even today, Chandrashekhar was murdered along with fellow (ML) leader Shyam Narayan Yadav on 31 March 1997 in Siwan, Bihar while addressing a street meeting.

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